"Breaking all Illusions" as written by John Petrucci, John Myung and Jordan Rudess....
With the sun in place
There's a test of faith
Streams of thought awaken

New realities
Singularities
Breaking all illusions

Sudden burst of heat
Burning source of life
Masterful destruction

Power's not an act
It's understanding truth
Changing my direction

Live in the moment
Breathe in a new beginning
Wisdom revealed
As I unlearn to learn

Life's biggest battles
Often are fought alone
My spirit brings me home

Emerald thoughts flow through my consciousness
Drawn to curses left behind
Test of will the threshold to one's faith
Starts a fire in the mind

Searching out
Reaching in
To arrive
Where I began
Sights remembered
In the light

Searching out
Reaching in
To arrive
Where I began
Sounds remembered
Come alive

Embrace the days
Don't turn away
Life's true intent needs patience
Karma starts the signal


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"Breaking All Illusions" as written by John Petrucci John Myung

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    General CommentFYI, the quote/sample in the middle of the first verse is from Kahlil Gibran, and is as follows:

    “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

    AMAZING song, by the way, and totally has a "Learning To Live" feel, as well as bits of "Octavarium" and "In The Presence Of Enemies"!

    Lyrically speaking, it is a sequel to "Far From Heaven", and is about being able to get over your own issues and learning to live with them, or overcome them, and become a better person. Or something like that...

    Great guitar solo in the middle - JP wasn't kidding about the "La Villa Strangiato" vibe of it!

    -Marc.
    The Letter Mon September 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts the best song in album IMO, I agree with what the letter M said its about unlearning what you learn and start again.
    perilioon September 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow! Myung's lyrics are alwayes deep and full of emotion.
    damnation1928on September 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA Dramatic Turn of Events is Images and Words pt2.
    damnation1928on September 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's so nice to see Myung's lyrical hiatus has come to an end and he has finally written some incredible lyrics!
    corerulezon September 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningBreaking All Illusions is about epiphany. I think it could be related to Far From Heaven, which is a sad song that ends with a sudden realisation that, in order to be happy, you need to just accept life for what it is, and accept yourself for who you are.


    "With the sun in place
    There's a test of faith
    Streams of thought awaken
    New realities
    Singularities
    Breaking all illusions"

    Now that the character's attitude to life has been rebooted (the sun is now in place, illuminating his mind), he can evaluate his own beliefs (the test of faith). His mind flows with new ideas (streams of thought). His view of the world has completely changed (he perceives the world as a new reality. He believes his new life to break his previous illusions).


    "Sudden burst of heat
    Burning source of life
    Masterful destruction
    Power's not an act
    It's understanding truth
    Changing my direction"

    The sudden burst of heat, and the burning source of life, are more metaphors for the reinvigoration in his mind. Masterful destruction refers to the tearing down of his old way of thinking to make way for the new. As a result of changing his direction and understanding himself better, he feels much stronger than ever.


    "Live in the moment
    Breathe in a new beginning
    Wisdom revealed
    As I unlearn to learn
    Life's biggest battles
    Often are fought alone
    My spirit brings me home"

    More words meaning essentially the same thing as before. He is now living in the moment, cherishing each day. He has unlearned everything to learn this new beginning, a much more wise outlook. He knows that his battles are his alone, and that he can face them, which comforts his spirit.


    "Emerald thoughts flow
    Through my consciousness
    Drawn to curses left behind
    Test of will the threshold to one's faith
    Starts a fire in the mind"

    The emerald thoughts could be the depressing state he was in before, being as they are "drawn to curses left behind", AKA regrets or fears. They could also be his new outlook, and they are drawn because they wish to make peace and "lift the curses". The test of will could refer to resisting the former, or taking part in the latter. Whichever of the two is more accurate, the fire that is started in the mind is quite obviously the epiphany.


    "Searching out
    Reaching in
    To arrive
    Where I began
    Sights remembered
    In the light"

    The chorus refers to a complete self-analysis, or meditation. The character searches for truth, and reaches inside himself for guidance in his hour of need. He arrives right back at the start, with a fresh slate, remembering the lessons he has learned as he goes into "the light", AKA his new view.


    "Sounds remembered
    Come alive"

    Sounds remembered has equal meaning to "Sights remembered" in the first chorus, and come alive refers to his new awakening.


    "Embrace the days
    Don't turn away
    Life's true intent needs patience
    Karma starts the signal"

    Carpe diem. Cherish each day, and live life to the fullest. Be patient and kind, and you will find yourself at peace.



    The most uplifting lyrics in a DT song since perhaps Take The Time.
    Ad134on December 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLearning to Live 2
    Icipheron September 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song and lyrics. The solo at 6:08 is great and the section at 8:10 is just epic.
    formula428on September 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEasily the song I've listened to most from the album and was delighted to see it live when they came through town. The 30-second section starting at 5:03 blows me away every time and when played live the contrast had even more impact. I just wish it was longer. I swear, Jordan actually turned into a wizard at that point, he had his keyboard tilted to the side as he sometimes does and it was just this outright assault on one's senses. Outstanding.
    bloodtoeson May 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with everyone who think this song is closely related to Far From Heaven, not only from the lyrics, but also the compositions. I bold the last 4 lines of the lyrics, IMHO, It's the best part and the main idea of Myung and Petrucci.

    just close your eyes after the last words, welcome to Dream Theater.
    aaaldyon May 26, 2012   Link

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